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Latest News - Friday, 12 February 2010
TRONDHEIM CONFERENCE ADDRESSES POST-2010 BIODIVERSITY TARGETS
Trondheim, 6 February—The Sixth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity was held from 1-5 February 2010, in Trondheim, Norway. The Conference produced a Chair’s Report, which will be forwarded as an information document to the upcoming 14th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the third meeting of the CBD Working Group on Review of Implementation, to be held in May 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya. The Report outlines 12 messages, including on biodiversity loss and human well-being, biodiversity targets, and the need for implementation, communication, resources, and science and knowledge. More.
Photo: L-R: Erik Solheim, Minister of the Environment and International Development, Norway, gives Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the CBD, a Norwegian painting
MARINE BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY WORKING GROUP FORWARDS RECOMMENDATIONS TO GENERAL ASSEMBLY
New York, 6 February—The third meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction convened from 1-5 February 2010, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. In accordance with General Assembly Resolution 64/71 of 4 December 2009, the third meeting was mandated in particular to continue discussions of the legal regime on marine genetic resources, as well as marine protected areas and environmental impact assessment processes in areas beyond national jurisdiction. Delegates eventually agreed by consensus to a package of recommendations to the General Assembly, with one of the recommendations calling for reconvening the Working Group in 2011. More.
Photo: Delegates during one of the plenaries
Other News
Multistakeholder Dialogue considers sustainable development implementation
ESCAP and DESA convene high-level dialogue on sustainable development of Pacific SIDS
Sustainable Development News

Asian countries reinforce tiger conservation
European conference focuses on protected areas and post-2010 targets
ABS Friends of the Co-Chairs meeting works on key issues for the negotiations
UNESCO biodiversity science policy conference identifies priorities for action
Focus on bluefin tuna as CITES COP approaches
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Trade, Finance & Investment
GEF highlights success of protected areas in Namibia in raising revenues
ADB supports projects to address climate change challenges in Asia
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TERI’s 10th annual Delhi Summit looks beyond Copenhagen
New US climate service proposed
ODS included in scope of Voluntary Carbon Association
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Human Development
UN Secretary-General commits to African development needs
ILO warns of high global unemployment rates
More Development News

UNEP and UN-HABITAT host interagency review of a draft rapid assessment report on wastewater management
International Basin Organizations Network meeting examines effects of climate change on hydrological cycles
World Wetlands Day celebrated
FAO fisheries and aquaculture department signs MOU with Philippe Cousteau Foundation
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Mercury Programme convenes inception workshop on artisanal and small scale gold mining project
Stockholm Convention convenes Caribbean workshop on new POPs and NIP review
UNECE Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution adds seven POPs
UNEP and UNIDO convene workshop on POPs African Regional Programme
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Chatham House organizes Illegal Logging Update and Stakeholder Consultation
UNFF 9 Chair addresses ECOSOC meeting
FAO publishes website on assisted natural forest regeneration
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP provides environmental assistance in Haiti
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP convenes workshop on Green Economy Report
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
Third International Meeting of Academic Institutions and Other Organizations Involved in Biosafety Education and Training: 15-17 February 2010. Tsukuba, Japan.
Fourth International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change: 21-27 February 2010. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Simultaneous Extraordinary Meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions (ExCOPs), and Eleventh Special Session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GCSS-11/GMEF): 22-26 February 2010. Bali, Indonesia.
17th Session of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission: 22-26 February 2010. Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.
CSD-18 Thematic Seminar Series: Chemicals: 23 February 2010. New York, US.

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